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: Horia Bogdan (horia) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2158 W: 224 N: 4749] (16656)
: Animals
: 2006-09-28
: Amphibians
: Canon PowerShot S2 IS, 52mm HOYA Circular Polarizer
Exposure: f/5.6, 1/800
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: 2006-12-17 12:13
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Another photo taken just above the water at the thermal lake from near my town, in more or less the same way and in the same trip as this one.

Actually the similarity between them is more than obvious. I took a lot of similar photos then, taking advantage of the fantastic light that evening and the nice patience of the lake frogs (aka marsh frogs or laughing frogs).

The conditions were ideal: the sun was slowly setting, but there was still more than enough light for animal photos. Also a lot of frogs were in the mood for feeding and therefore they were quite active. Yes...of course...some got scared by my presence there at first, but, taking advantage of their very short memory, i stuck around and they came back and pretty much posed :)

If you want some interesting facts about the species, feel free to take a look at the post i was referring above.

Hope you'll like it :)

EXIF data:
Camera: Canon S2 IS
Filter: Hoya Circular Polarizer
Focal Length: 404mm (35mm equiv.)
Shutter Speed: 1/800
Metering Mode: Center Weighted Average
Exposure Bias: -1/3
ISO: 100
F-Stop: f/5.6
Flash: No
Support: Handheld
TOP: about 7PM

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To Shoot_Score: fericithoria 2 01-27 01:32
To Bufo: HI :)horia 1 12-17 16:01
To fiyo: thanks :)horia 1 12-17 12:52
To jmp: about my frog shots :)horia 2 12-17 12:40

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Hi Horia,
A lovely frog that you have cought. It is so sharp, clean and well saturated colored. It doesn't any word to critize. Just perfect. Bravo dear friend.

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  • star74 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 211 W: 3 N: 598] (2474)
  • [2006-12-17 12:24]

Hi Horia,
Excellent capture of this cute frog.
Nice close up and colors are great.
Well done.

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  • arfer Gold Star Critiquer [C: 2731 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2006-12-17 12:26]

Hello Horia

A beautiful portrait of this frog.The prince waiting for his princess kiss.Excellent colour saturation.The POV and DOF are very good.Excelelnt composition. TFS


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  • jmp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1659 W: 95 N: 2273] (8415)
  • [2006-12-17 12:26]
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Hi Horia,
You understand frogs, isn't it? They look very calm and you must approach them a lot and from a very low pov! Great capture with excellent focus, colors and composition.
TFS, Jos M.

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  • volkan Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 497 W: 10 N: 4] (2425)
  • [2006-12-17 12:34]

Hi Horia,
Wonderful capture of this frog.
Clear colors and details.
Great job.

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  • fiyo Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1053 W: 5 N: 3474] (15151)
  • [2006-12-17 12:46]
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Hello Horia,
Great color & composition with excellent details within your DOF. TFS
Merry Christmas and Happy New Year :)

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  • dew77 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4432 W: 248 N: 4028] (13270)
  • [2006-12-17 12:48]

Hello Horia,
Wonderful capture.I liked clear details,POV,eye contact,colors,framing and composition a lot.

Hi Horia,
Very nice picture and good sharpness..!
Good shot..!
Best regards,

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  • hester Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1515 W: 18 N: 3165] (11638)
  • [2006-12-17 13:06]

Hi Horia

What a great subject to pose like that. I love all the green and blue tones here. Great details and a perfect POV. Another stunning shot



Appart from the great shapness, DOF, lights and colours, I think that you have mastered the POV here to isolate the subject perfectly, something very difficult to do with so many greens and a great "camuflator" like ths frog :)
Really like it, this one is crossing the border from a simple photograph, to a work of art, congratulations.

hello Horia
swietna glebia ostrosci, super ostre cialo gada, zdjecie bardzo mi sie podoba,pionowy kadr sprawdza sie dzieki wysokiemu lisciu w tle
pozdrawiam Marcin

Hello Horia!
I like so much this photo...
Excellent the low POV used here, the source of light iluminates so well the frog, letting us admire it with plenty of details.
It's like if the frog were diving between waves of green water, the DOF makes wonders here.
The composition is simply magnificent, and the frame works great.
Congratulations and thanks for this pesentation,

Bonjour Horia
Trs jolie cette petite grenouille prise en portrait,les couleurs les dtails et la composition tout est joli.
Merci et au revoir.....JP

Preciosa rana que si fuera una top model dira que est posando para t. Bellos colores y agradable composicin. Buen BG, POV y DOF.
Saludos Horia, JL

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  • Hil Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 696 W: 13 N: 1407] (5035)
  • [2006-12-17 14:55]

Hi Horia

Superb shot, lovely composition and a classic pose with the Frog sitting amongst the lilly pads, the detail are perfectly sharp on the Frog, and the great lighting you spoke about make the colours perfect.

TFS Hilary :o)

Hi Horia, great pose for this frog, nice photo with wonderful details, very well done, ciao Silvio

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  • Bufo Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 404 W: 69 N: 951] (4247)
  • [2006-12-17 15:40]
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Hi Horia,
long live herpeto shots!!! You captured yourself another shot of this ' laugher'. Must say I like this one somewhat better than the previous one. Especially the low POV and composition is very nice.
Also the straigh forward colours are a plus.

Yes, I'm finally connected again. Got things sorted by formatting my computer, but what a pain...
Missed a lot of nice pictures, but on spare moment I'm sure to catch up something ;-)

Regards, Jacob

Hello Horia,
Another excellent capture.
I am ashamed to look at my own frog images after seeing this one!
Fantastic on both the POV and technical result.
Very well captured.
TFS, Shir

Hi Horia,
Wow, what a wonderful shot you've captured!!
Your frog's photos are all amazing. I will try to capture them next year. :-)
Personally, I love this POV and DOF very much.
And sharp details, excellent portrait, beautiful colours!!
Well done, Horia,
Regards and TFS,

Great pose and detail - love the setting...

Hi Horia

This little guy looks like he is about to jump out of my monitor! Nice composition with excellent light. Awesome quality. :-)

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  • SkyF Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2234 W: 188 N: 1912] (8073)
  • [2006-12-18 1:02]

Hello Horia,
a wonderful composition, I like the DOF very much. The OOF BG and the colors are wonderful. Perfect sharpness and the POV is excellent.

Hi Horia,
A beautiful picture with perfect focus. I like the skin texture and the feel of slippery that you showed here. Composition also excellent. TFS this impressive image.

ho horia,
lovely post,
ur model looks great,
lovely colours,
unusual compo,
well done,
tfs & regards

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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2006-12-18 5:42]

Hi Horia.
Outstanding shot, Great composition. The nearest leaf, its form is make grandiose impression. It is unique creative windfall. All colour palette is unusual and amazing also as well as the sharpness and details of the cute frog. I think it is happy as we are looking your awesome picture. It has found out the great portraitist who has made its excellent portrait and shared it all over the world. BRABO-O-O, my dear friend. Great art work.

Hi Horia,
Thelight was indeed perfect here. Soft and warm. Coupled with a spot on exposure, this has brought out the rich colors. Nice sharp detail and great textures in the frog. Great intricatedetail shown in the eye.

Hello Horia,
What a nice capture of this little beauty. I really like those colors, POV, details and composition. Lightning is superb and this BG is very nice. Well done! Thanks,

Though the entire portrait of this green frog is extremely well captured, it is the eye that catches MY eye, Horia! It glitters like a jewel, no doubt.
The low POV you adopted for taking this picture presents the frog very beautifully. You have also used the mellow evening light to great effect.
Thanks for showing us this lovely image.

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  • RAP Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2524 W: 345 N: 2373] (7405)
  • [2006-12-18 13:42]

Recuerdo como si yo estuviera en el colegio... composicin, mi amiga la rana.
Excelente imagen amigo mo como si la rana realmente posara una vez ms especialmente para ti.
Me gusta la composicin en general, ms que los mismos detalles tcnicos y estticos individualmente, resaltando la agudeza, el colorido, la iluminacin, etc, etc.
Otra gran presentacin de tu "amiga" personal.
Mis mejores deseos... Ricardo

I remember as if I was in the school... composition, my friend the frog.
Excellent image my friend as if the frog really posed once again especially for you.
I like the general composition, more than the same technical and aesthetic details individually, standing out the sharpness, the colors, the lighting, etc, etc.
Another great presentation of your personal "friend".
My best wishes... Ricardo

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  • Juyona Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 2232 W: 10 N: 2971] (16891)
  • [2006-12-18 13:45]

Hola Horia, magnfica foto, colores y composicin buena, captura excelente, detalles y nitidez, magnficos... muchos saludos

Ciao Horia,
excellent compo, very well done.
Colors are excellent and details amazing.

Hi Horia,
Well focused, great sharpness, nice DoF, and neat blurry BG.
Nicely composed picture. Great vivid colors.
Superb shot.

Hola Horia,
Hermosa foto! Me gusta muchsimo el colorido, contraste, composicin, encuadre y definicin de la imagen. Un trabajo muy bien realizado.
Saludos cordiales

Hola Horia,
La toma es fantstica, por su color, luz y gran nitidez. La composicin en vertical es original y bonita. Un cordial saludo

Hello Horia,
A well composed image with this green little guy!
Light on the subject is very good, resulting in superb details and fine natural colours...
It is interesting to see how attentive he is, following every move the photographer does!
Pablo -

  • PDP Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor [C: 2821 W: 344 N: 3779] (11769)
  • [2006-12-19 5:55]

Hello Horia, cool shot. He looks great here. Nice focus and colour - well done.

Hi Horia,

Excellence all round, well done on this capture. Excellent work.


Hi Horia,
Wow, fantastic shot. Athough the BG dark tone did not fully brought out the striking green of the frog, this is stil an amazing shot.

voici un sujet pas souvent expos, bien vu, bonnes couleurs, BG extra et dtails supers bien

Hi, Horia.
Lovely frog. Sitting in natural surroundings and seems to bee happy. Beautiful light. Good sharpness and color.

Nice, you caught the light just right, the detail and texture in the skin is perfect, one heck of a shot!


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  • cedryk Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 975 W: 50 N: 1722] (5270)
  • [2006-12-19 19:56]

Hello Horia,
Another nice portrait of the same frog :-) In fact she looks very proud of herself. Did she turned into a princess? That could be a story for the note :-D

Technically also perfect - I love exposure, saturation and DOF!
Best greetings!

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  • osse Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 955 W: 0 N: 89] (7805)
  • [2006-12-19 21:57]

Hi Horia
You just get better and better :) Good colours, light, sharpnes, details, BG and POV. Also good frame and note.
Well done mf.


Hi Horia,
What a beautiful image. I really like your composition with all the room above the frog. Great selective focus and a perfect DOF. The natural lighting is jsut awesome and brings out the wetness and colors of the frog perfectly. Superp sharpness and a stunning pose/

sal Horia
mult mai mult de cat 2 p pt poza asta, din toate punctele de vedere.
Nu pot sa nu remarc focusul impecabil si compozitia.

numai bine,

Hi Horia,
I had some busy weeks, now I'm back - I have holidays now. I love this frog so much, realy glittering everywhere - Mr. Golden Eye.
Wonderful shot, thanks and greetings
Sabine - wishnugaruda

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  • mikou Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 869 W: 68 N: 1479] (6093)
  • [2006-12-21 4:41]

Hi Horia.
Amazing detail those Frogs with splendid colours.I like him very much angle look and very nice composition.Beautiful light as well as details on head Frogs are perfect.
Well done,excellent capture.TFS
Greetings Milos

Great shot Horia.
The composition works very well, as does your POV and use of DOF. Excellent sharpness, detail, color, & exposure. Nice work!
Happy Holidays.

Hi Horia,
Very good shot indeed. Very strong composition. A lot of depth in the image...
Well done!!

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  • CTP Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 644 W: 6 N: 946] (2726)
  • [2006-12-21 17:00]

Hi Horia,
Excellent and also very cute green frog capture my friend.
I like your colors,frog's pose,frame,note,pov,dof,focus,sharpness,lighting and composition.TFS
Merry Christmas to you and your family,

Love your notes.
It is PERFECT.!!! Does not need any further notes from me.
Best regards,

Nice portrait Horia! I like the composition and the POV. Also the good exposition.
Very good job.

Hello Horia,
phantastic capture with dramatic depth and tension.
Outstanding work. Focus and fall off in depth of field perfectly managed. Excellent composition.
Thank you! Merry Christmas to you and your family!
Best regards,

Good evening Horia,
still a very successful portrait. The colors are very sharp and attract the eye well the details are perfect.
Cheer, Merry Christmas!!!

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  • reina Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 257 W: 1 N: 330] (2032)
  • [2006-12-24 15:32]

Hi Horia a great post! Very nice composition, the frog so bright surrounded with blue and purple and green of the water and the plants.
Congratulations and Merry Cristmas to you

Hi Horia,

Stunning shot. Great, POV, colors, sharpness, composition, framing. background.
I just like this picture a lot! Am often looking for frogs too, but somehow am never lucky :)
Well done

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  • Maite Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 998 W: 65 N: 1270] (5199)
  • [2006-12-26 7:44]

This must be really the frog of the tales! I love both pictures of it! I think you've got a good camera, but the photographer is really better. What a shot! So sharp and clear, and with that well-thought composition... Perfect.
Very good job and thank you very much for sharing.
Best wishes.

Hi Horia,
Great capture and I think a little more likeable than your similar post. The POV is much more balanced to me. Perfect exposure and great detail, the lighting is just fantastic.

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  • optic Gold Star Critiquer [C: 322 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2007-01-07 9:02]

Hello Horia,
You did a perfect shot, very nice composition and vivid colours, TFS

Best regards,

J fericit! ;)

Horia happy?

< Just love this shot! >

nice angle, TFS Ori

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  • Peppe Silver Star Critiquer/Silver Note Writer [C: 13 W: 4 N: 45] (188)
  • [2007-02-12 15:29]

Hi Horia!
Very fine detail and sharpness, especially in the eye!
The matching leaf and the colors in the background is a nice addition. It's a good thing you didn't crop the upper part.
Thank you for sharing it.


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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5098 W: 166 N: 13042] (48618)
  • [2008-10-25 8:48]

Hello Horia,
For the second time I was going back to your photos from a long time ago. And I find another photo of a wonderful frog. Just like yesterday, I admire the low POV. The rest is 'only' superb!

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